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An image of The hillside by Lloyd Rees

Lloyd Rees

(Australia 17 Mar 1895 – 02 Dec 1988)

The hillside
Place of origin
WavertonSydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Media category
Materials used

20.0 x 26.0 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "L. REES 1932".
Purchased 1932
Accession number
© A & J Rees. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

Drawing was fundamental for Lloyd Rees; during the 1930s he made drawings to the exclusion of all else. His 1930s highly detailed and refined drawings of the environs of Sydney Harbour remain among the most popular works of his oeuvre.

"Drawing was simply an obsession and I was completely absorbed in the discovery of form and composition. The drawings were by no means naturalistic in the sense of simply selecting a subject and drawing it, for there were things brought in and things left out. They were highly worked and I had an intense interest in the manipulation of them. I drew in the morning and then took the work home and looked at it in the afternoon and if I saw anything superfluous, I rubbed it out". (Lloyd Rees, 'Peaks and Valleys, an autobiography', 1985, p.166)

Rock faces and cliffs were a favoured subject of Rees. The subject of this drawing is Waverton, then Bay Road, near North Sydney, where Rees lived at various addresses between 1918-19, 1920-22 and 1931-34.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004

Bibliography (15)

Clary Akon, Limelight Magazine, 'Nature by design: the art of Lloyd Rees', pg. 96-97, Sydney, Jun 2013, 96 (colour illus.).

Christopher Allen, The Weekend Australian, 'Tangible Life Forms', pg 12-13, Surry Hills, 01 Jun 2013-02 Jun 2013, 12 (illus.), 13.

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Lloyd Rees Retrospective, 'Catalogue: drawings', pp 32-35, Sydney, 1969, 33. titled 'The Hillside'; 127

Jane de Teliga, Australian images: Prints, drawings and watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1979, 9.

Lou Klepac, Lloyd Rees drawings, Sydney, 1978, 32. 22

Lou Klepac, Affinities: Brett Whiteley & Lloyd Rees, 'Introduction', pp 2-4, Sydney, 2001, 8.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Lloyd Rees Drawings - Centenary Retrospective, 'The thirties', pp 43-64, Sydney, 1995, 52 (illus.). 45

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 54 (illus.). 43

William Moore, The Courier Mail, 'Art and artists: Society of Artists', Brisbane, 17 Sep 1932.

Andrew Sayers, Australian art, 'Order and transcendence: art between the wars 1919-39', pp 120-139, Oxford, 2001, 133, 134 (illus.). plate no. 76

Andrew Sayers, Australian art, Oxford, 2001, 134.

Andrew Sayers, 100 years of Australian drawing, Sydney, 1985, 75. 39

Michael Stutchbury (Editor), The Australian Financial Review, 'Illustrating love of landscapes' pg. L3, Melbourne, 19 Apr 2013-21 Apr 2013, L3 (colour illus.).

Roland Wakelin, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'The artistic development of Lloyd Rees', pp 490-492, Sydney, Oct 1969, 496 (illus.). 'Lloyd Rees special number'

Unknown (Editor), Sun, 'For Art Gallery', Sydney, 30 Aug 1932. Purchases from the Society of Artists exhibition

Exhibition history (8)

Society of Artists Annual Exhibition (1932), Education Department Gallery [Loftus Street], Sydney, 02 Sep 1932–30 Sep 1932

Lloyd Rees (1942), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Aug 1942–30 Aug 1942

Lloyd Rees Retrospective (1969-70):

Australian images: Prints, drawings and watercolours from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Dec 1979–28 Jan 1980

Lloyd Rees Drawings (1995-96):

Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998

Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000

Affinities: Brett Whiteley & Lloyd Rees (2001), The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, 10 Feb 2001–08 Jul 2001